Thursday, December 30, 2010

365 Days: One American Red Cross Chapter

Trina Polta is a guest blogger for the American Red Cross in Utah. She's back to show her gratitude for her fellow Red Cross volunteers. 

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers and now it is time to reflect on what a caring community can accomplish together in just one year.  Just over twelve hundred kind individuals made the choice to pledge their time toward helping their fellow man in need.  Together our American Red Cross Utah chapter volunteers and 33 staffers have indeed touched the lives of people during unexpected life altering events.  Thanks to your dedication these devastating and tender moments that individuals in our communities are confronted with are thankfully, not spent alone. In 2010, our Utah chapter responded to 139 disasters from fires to floods. 

Beyond responding to emergency situations, volunteers like you have given the gift of knowledge by teaching others various American Red Cross courses.  In one year an outstanding 34,092 men and women were trained in disaster preparedness.  Even more Utahans (42,307) completed first aid, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and automated external defibrillator (AED) training. Thousands upon thousands also took advantage your expert instruction in swimming and babysitting courses. 

We also thank you for all your donations throughout this year because your contributions have helped maintain and sustain critical American Red Cross programs and services. 

When you reflect on your personal accomplishments as you ring in the New Year don't forget to celebrate the warmth of our considerate and compassionate volunteers who make an impact in their community.

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